UN Recruits Men to Help End Violence Against Women

Published on truthout, by Liza Jansen of Inter Press Service, 25 November 2009.

United Nations – Marking the 10th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Nov. 25, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a Network of Men Leaders to battle violence against women and girls here Tuesday.

“These men will add their voices to the growing global chorus for action,” Ban said.  

The Network of Men Leaders consists of current and former politicians, activists, religious and community figures who will work together to support the efforts of women around the world to defy destructive stereotypes, embrace equality, and inspire men and boys around the globe to speak out against violence.

Seventy percent of women have experienced some sort of physical or sexual violence from men, mainly from husbands, intimate partners or relatives, Ban noted …

… Women who experience violence suffer a range of health problems and their ability to participate in public life is diminished. Violence against women is not confined to a specific culture, region or country, or to particular groups of women within a society, UNiTE stressed.

Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria, according to World Bank data.

Several global surveys suggest that 50 percent of all women who die from homicide are killed by their current or former husbands or partners.

“Let this be the new environment where men and women leaders work side by side to replace the mindset of masculinity with one of gender sensitivity,” Mahidol concluded her speech. (full text).

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